In a touch screen computer , user might find that gestures (motions that user make with one or two fingers) are easier to use than a keyboard ,mouse or pen .The Touch Gestures are simple actions/procedure user use to communicate with Windows or an application using touch technology . If user have a touch-enabled monitor/screen and Windows 7 installed, then virtually any program that gel well with Windows responds to the user’s touch. These Gestures are inbuilt into the core of Windows and are designed to work with all applications, even the ones which were never thought with touch in mind. So Windows 7 is touch friendly through and through. Microsoft has come out, after lot of research and development with nine gestures in Windows 7 operating system. As it is very difficult for user to remember too many gestures windows 7 has come up with just 9 Touch Gestures for Multi-touch which nearly suffices all requirements of users in today’s world.
Let’s list down the nine gestures for Multi-touch magic in Windows 7and their functionality applications:
- Zoom – Same as CTRL key + Scroll wheel. Bring two fingers together in a pinch position or apart to zoom in or out on a document. This gesture is extremely useful for photos or reading documents on a small laptop which enables user to enlarge or reduce the size the same as per requirement for better viewing/working.
- Drag /Select –Same as mouse drag and select. In touch gesture user has to Touch and slide the finger on screen. This moves objects / icons around the desktop, selects text (by dragging left or right), moves windows, etc.
- Press and Hold – Replica of Right Click. User has to hold finger on screen/touch monitors for a while and then releases thereafter the animation to get a right-click effect.
- Rotate – user to touch two spots on a digital photo / document and twist to rotate it just like a real photo in both clockwise and anti clockwise direction.
- Tap and Double-tap – This gesture is the most basic touch action which is very similar to what a click and Double click performs.
- Press and Tap with second finger – This touch gesture is very like a right click. User to Press on target and then tap using second finger.
- Panning with Inertia – This touch gesture is for scrolling. User can drag any part of a page up or down with one or multiple fingers. This suffices the purpose of standard scrollbars.
- Two-finger Tap – when user Tap with two fingers together and zooms in about the center of the gesture or brings back to the default zoom – indeed this gesture is great for zooming in on hyperlinks.
- Flicks – The Flick gesture left or right is used to navigate back and forward in a browser and other applications. This works in almost all applications that support back and forward.
Indeed touch gestures has brought a lot of relief to our 10 fingers and the reduced stress level of the fingers prepares them for use that technology is yet to release in near future.